In The Loop - April 2017

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In The Loop - April 2017

In the Loop is our monthly newsletter, sharing our own news as well as some of the stories we've tweeted in the last month.

Tactical Tech news and events (11)

Tactical Tech releases, events, and press

releases (4)
A step-by-step guide to registering a pseudonymous domain name

Understanding pseudonymity, anonymity and linkability in practice with this new guide from Exposing the Invisible on buying a domain name.

Architectures of Online Harassment

Maya Ganesh, Director of Applied Research, wrote two posts for about an experimental workshop we did in January with designer Caroline Sinders as part of an ongoing project to reframe and expand our thinking around online harassment. Part 1 discusses the Architectures of Online Harassment while Part 2 explores Unscripting Harassment.


The Nervous Systems Catalogue which accompanied the exhibition in Berlin is now available in German. Find it at the HKW Bookshop. The catalogue has already been featured on in English and Italian and is available online and will be in their next print edition.


We are currently hiring consultants (such as Researchers, Trainers, Designers and more) who would be interested in being included on our consultancy roster. Visit our jobs page for details.

events (4)
GTI Asia

Out of the 197 applications we received for our next Gender Technology Institute (GTI), we selected 27 women's rights advocates, feminists, techies and activists from South and South East Asia. Like our previous two GTIs, the focus of the hands-on trainings and discussions will be technology, digital security and data politics from a gender perspective. The Institute will take place in Malaysia from 24 to 27 April.

Glass Room call out

Following the amazing success of The Glass Room in New York, we’re working with our partners Mozilla on exciting plans for 2017 to take the Glass Room to more places. If you are involved in an event or an organisation in Europe or the US that would be interested in finding out more about data and privacy we want to hear from you. See more information here.

Please email us at and let us know: Who you are and where you heard about The Glass Room and/or Data Detox Kit. Please tell us about your event, organisations, place or group and why it could benefit from the Data Detox Bar and/or Data Detox Kit. We are still in early the early stages of our plans, so it will be some time before we are ready to launch the next stage. But we’ll get back to you soon to let you know our plans, and keep you involved as they develop.

Other Women: Exploring Harassment and Difference Online

On Day 0 of Rightscon, Tactical Tech hosted an exploratory event to expand on our work on online harassment to make it more intersectional; and to understand the particular dynamics of online harassment as it is experienced by different communities online.

Good Pitch Europe

On 24 March 2017 Tactical Tech took part in Good Pitch Europe alongside a wide variety of international organisations to pledge support for independent documentary films around leading social and environmental issues. Tactical Tech was on the panel for the film XY CHELSEA. See the event here.

press and media (3)
Your Internet Search History Will Soon Be Up for Sale — Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself

Our Executive Director Stephanie Hankey spoke to Vogue about the House of Representatives vote on Tuesday which repealed rules that formerly prohibited Internet service providers (the companies that give you your Wi-Fi connection) from selling their customers’ data without their permission. Read the article here.


Our Executive Director, Stephanie Hankey, joined AlJazeera's Inside Story discussion around the recent case of Google Ads and the revenues to extremist groups. The British government and various companies have pulled out their ads, but this poses the question about who is to decide which content should be removed. Watch the discussion here.


Fieke Jansen and Helen Kilbey from our Me and My Shadow team wrote about the small steps and decisions you can make to keep your smartphone more secure. Read the article here. (Slate)

stuff we're reading (8)

Stories we've found interesting in the past month

activism (2)
Global Inequality in Your Pocket

Nathalie Maréchal writes here that when it comes to smartphones, not all users are created equal. Low and middle-income people around the world mostly rely on affordable Android devices to communicate and share information, but cheaper phones often leave users more vulnerable to online threats and hacking. (Global Voices)

Defeating encryption: the battle of governments against their people

Eva Blum-Dumontet discusses here the shaky acceptance of encryption by many governments in particular in relation to Privacy International's recent report on Surveillance in Thailand. (Medium)

provocation (4)
Artificial Intelligence: The Park Rangers of the Anthropocene

In an intriguing thought experiment, landscape architect Bradley Cantrell, historian Laura Martin, and ecologist Erle Ellis have taken this ethos to its logical extreme, and ended up with what they call a “wildness creator” — a hypothetical artificial intelligence that would autonomously protect wild spaces. Read Ed Yong's article here. (The Atlantic)

The robot debate is over: the jobs are gone and they aren't coming back

Tim Dunlop investigates the impact automation is having on job losses in relation to a new report by the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States. Check out the article here. (The Guardian)

Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data

Technology companies like Mint and Betterment have been trying to gain access to your personal financial data, mainly by building services that let people link all their various bank-account and credit-card information. The selling point is to make budgeting and bookkeeping easier. But the data is also being used to offer new kinds of loans and investment products. Nathaniel Popper writes about the push back from banks here. (NY Times)

The Problem With Modern Philanthropy

Alana Semuels writes here about David Callahan's new book which argues that the giving patterns of today’s wealthy may present challenges to the democratic process. (The Atlantic)

illumination (2)

Welcome to the Moral Machine! A platform for gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence, such as self-driving cars. Judge for yourself here. (MIT Media Lab)


Régine Debatty interviews Joana Moll about her projects and upcoming Tracking Forensics workshops. Read the interview here. (We Make Money Not Art)